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Day of the Dead comes to life in Mexico

The festival is a time for celebration rather than mourning.

Day of the Dead comes to life in Mexico

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Flower markets were doing a roaring trade on Friday as Mexicans prepared to welcome the spirits of deceased loved ones for Day of the Dead. 

The festival, known as El Dia de los Muertos in Spanish, falls on Nov. 2 and is one of the most important celebrations in the Mexican calendar.

At a flower market in Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city, vendors stood next to huge piles of Mexican marigolds, or cempasuchils, deep red terciopelos and white nubes, which are said to help guide the spirits back to the living world.